THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Teb Ankara Cup
Date: From 19/12 to 25/12
Money prize: $ 50,000
Surface: Hard Indoor
Tournament Location: Ankara Tennis Club – 19 Mayis Stadyumu ici, Ulus, Ankara, 06050, Turkey
General information: Ankara tennis club is easily accessible from everywhere in Ankara because it rises between two metro stations (Ataturk Kultur Merkezi and Ulus). Kocatepe Mosque is far just 4 km. Courts are far about 30 minutes driving from Ankara Esenboga Airport.
Previous Winners: 2015 Ivana Jorovic – 2014 Aleksandra Krunic – 2013 Vitalia Diatchenko – 2012 Ana Savic – 2011 Kristina Mladenovic
Top 10 Players: Vitalia Diatchenko (Rus) – Su Wei Hsieh (Tpe) – Aryna Sabalenka (Blr) – Elisa Kostova (Bul) – Sabina Sharipova (Uzb) – Ivana Jorovic (Srb) – Ipek Soylu (Tur) – Susanne Celik (Swe) – Amra Sadikovic (Sui) – Anastasiya Komardina (Rus)
THE TOWN: Ankara is the capital of the Republic of Turkey. With a population of 4,587,558 in the urban center, it is Turkey’s second largest city after Istanbul. Ankara is a very old city with various Hittite, Phrygian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman archaeological sites. The historical center of town is a rocky hill rising 150 m over the left bank of the Ankara Çayı. Lonely Planet writes about Turkish capital:
“Turkey’s ‘other’ city may not have any showy Ottoman palaces or regal facades, but Ankara thrums to a vivacious, youthful beat unmarred by the tug of history. Drawing comparisons with İstanbul is pointless – the flat, modest surroundings are hardly the stuff of national poetry – but the civic success of this dynamic city is assured thanks to student panache and foreign-embassy intrigue.
The country’s capital has made remarkable progress from a dusty Anatolian backwater to today’s sophisticated arena for international affairs. Turkey’s economic success is reflected in the booming restaurant scene around Kavaklıdere and the ripped-jean politik of Kızılay’s sidewalk cafes, frequented by hip students, old-timers and businessmen alike. And while the vibrant street life is enough of a reason to visit, Ankara also boasts two extraordinary monuments central to the Turkish story – the beautifully conceived Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and the Anıt Kabir, a colossal tribute to Atatürk, modern Turkey’s founder.”
TOP 3 ANKARA’S ATTRACTIONS:
- Kocatepe Mosque
- Ankara Castle
- Anit Kabir
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Hotel Tunali. Superb *** accomodation rated 8.8 on Booking. Great location near in the heart of the town just 2.1 km from Atakule Tower . It features free wifi and parking service, on site restaurant and an american bar. A cosy double room of 20 mq2 costs about 70€ per night in b&b.
Kahya Hotel Ankara. Wonderful **** modern hotel located in the centre of Demirtepe district. Rated 9.1 on Booking, this hotel offers deluxe rooms at just 80€ per night breakfast, wifi, parking and airport shuttle included. Very tasty on-site restaurant.
Movenpick Hotel Ankara. Wonderful ***** hotel located in the central Söğütözü district. It offers wellness facilities, an indoor pool, a fitness room, the gourmet Plus restaurant, and a Lobby Lounge & Bar. Price for a 28 mq2 modern superior double room is 139€ per night with breakfast included. Rated 8.7 on Booking it offers free wi-fi and parking to customers.